The Thomson Wildcats traveling baseball team is off to another fantastic season.
Already, the Wildcats have gotten off to one of their best seasons ever, now boasting an undefeated record of 15-0.
In addition, they have earned the distinction of being the No. 1 team in the Georgia Power Rankings and the No. 6 ranked baseball team in their age division in the United States.
"That's saying a lot when you consider there's thousands of traveling baseball teams this age in across the country," saidd Thomson Wildcats' head coach Robert Brown. "We have won every tournament we have entered this season."
In one of their most recent tournaments, the Wildcats defeated the Harlem Crush 5-4
Pitchers in that game for Thomson included Whit Newton, who started and worked one inning. Even though his performance was short-lived, he was impressive. Newton recorded three strikeouts, walked two batters and gave up just one hit. He was relieved by Cody Brown, who went three innings. Brown also pitched well. He struck out eight batters, walked three and yielded just one hit.
Though they both pitched well enough to win the game, it actually was Morgan Hyde, who earned the win off the hill.
Hyde, who worked just one inning, struck out two batters, walked one and gave up only one hit.
Leading hitters in that game for the Thomson Wildcats included: Newton, who went 2-for-3, including a dramatic three-run homer that he belted to win the game; Brian Smith, 2-for-3; and Brycen Taylor, who hit a solo-homerun. The Wildcats collected eight hits against the Harlem team.
In another recent game, Thomson defeated the Screven County Spurs 4-3.
Hyde, once again, pitched. He went two innings, struck out three batters, walked two and gave up three hits. Taylor got credit for the win. He also pitched three innings, struck out five, walked two and gave up two hits.
Leading the way for Thomson with the bat in that game included: Newton, who went 2-for-2, as well as Brian Smith, Taylor and Duncan Adams, each with one hit.
In an unrelated game of late, the Wildcats defeated the Georgia Generals of Statesboro 11-6.
Taylor did a fine job, as he went the distance on the mound. He struck out eight batters, walked five and yielded just a couple of hits.
The Thomson bats "exploded," according to coach Brown. "We had 14 hits."
Newton again led the charge, going a perfect 3-for-3, including hitting a grand slam that helped seal the victory for the Wildcats. Hyde, meanwhile, went 3-for-4, while Cade Brown went 2-for-3.
In a recent championship tournament game against Anarchy of Evans, the Wildcats again pulled out a close victory, 9-8.
Kyle Edwards pitched two innings, struck out one, walked five and didn't give up a hit. Hyde came on in relief and earned his second victory of the tourney. He worked three innings, struck out two, didn't walk a batter and gave up six hits.
Newton, who has been one of Thomson's hottest batters all season, again went a perfect 4-for-4, including another homerun; and Cade Brown, 3-for-3.
Brown's brother, Cody, got the biggest hit of the game. It came in the last inning with the game tied. The winning hit scored Hyde, who was on third base at the time.
The Wildcats erupted for 18 hits in the championship game against the Columbia County team.
Leading hitters during that tournament for the Thomson Wildcats included Newton, who went 11-for-12 with an incredible average of .917; Duncan Adams, 4-for-7 with an average of .571; Brian Smith, who went 6-for12; and Cade Brown, who went 5-for-10 with a batting average of .500.
Last weekend, the Thomson Wildcats played in a tournament at Diamond Lakes in Augusta. Results of that tourney will be featured in next week's edition.